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Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs

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East Asian and Pacific regionThe Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, headed by Assistant Secretary Kurt M. Campbell, deals with U.S. foreign policy and U.S. relations with the countries in the Asia-Pacific region.


Travel to Thailand, July 21-23, 2009

Date: 07/21/2009 Description: Secretary Clinton is greeted by Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Panich Vikitsreth and his wife upon her arrival to Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday, July 21, 2009. © State Dept Image
While in Thailand, Secretary Clinton met with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Foreign Minsiter Kasit Piromyato to underscore the importance of our alliance and our bilateral relationship and to share perspectives on common interests in the region. She visited Bangkok July 21-22 and Phuket July 22-23. The Secretary traveled to Phuket to lead the U.S. delegation to the ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conference and ASEAN Regional Forum. More on Travel  | Remarks With Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Pirom

Comments on North Korea

Date: 07/18/2009 Description: Assistant Secretary Kurt Campbell in Seoul, South Korea © AP Image from Video Assistant Secretary Campbell (July 18): "
We believe it's important to keep the door open to send a very clear message should North Korea decide that it wants to return to the table for responsible negotiations and takes irreversible steps, we would be prepared to sit with them in six-party framework"  Full Text | Video

USA Pavilion Groundbreaking Ceremony
Date: 2009-07-17 00:00:00.0 Description: From Left: U.S. Consul General Beatrice Camp, U.S. Pavilion Commissioner General Jose H. Villarreal, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, Shanghai Executive Vice Mayor Yang Xiong, Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Ma Xiuhong and Shanghai Expo Bureau Director General Hong Hao break ground for the USA Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai Expo. © State Dept ImageThe USA Pavilion Groundbreaking Ceremony for the World Expo Shanghai 2010 took place July 17. The May 1 Pavilion opening next year will be a proud moment for everyone involved in this unique USA Pavilion effort -- a true public-private partnership. Secretary Clinton's Letter to Commissioner General Jose H. Villarreal | More

Maritime Issues and Sovereignty Disputes in East Asia

Date: 07/15/2009 Description: Statement by Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Scot Marciel before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs on Maritime Issues and Sovereignty Disputes in East Asia. © Senate Image from VideoDeputy Assistant Secretary Marciel (July 15): "The United States has long had a vital interest in maintaining stability, freedom of navigation, and the right to lawful commercial activity in East Asia’s waterways. For decades, active U.S. engagement in East Asia, including the forward-deployed presence of U.S. forces, has been a central factor in keeping the peace and preserving those interests. That continues to be true today. Through diplomacy, commerce, and our military presence, we have protected vital U.S. interests." Full Text | Video

U.S. and Indonesia: Building a Comprehensive Partnership
Date: 06/08/2009 Location: Washington, DC Description: Secretary Clinton holds press availability with Indonesian Foreign Minister Noer Hassan Wirajuda. © State Dept ImageSecretary Clinton (June 8): "Today, we renewed our commitment to build a comprehensive partnership based on mutual respect and mutual interests. We are working together on a number of common concerns for our two countries, the region, and the world. Indonesia and the United States share a vision for a peaceful and prosperous Southeast Asia. We also share a commitment to democratic values, human rights, and a vibrant civil society." Full Text

 

U.S. and Allies: Cannot Accept North Korea With Nuclear Weapons
Secretary Clinton (July 23): "The United States and its allies and partners cannot accept a North Korea that tries to maintain nuclear weapons to launch ballistic missiles or to proliferate nuclear materials. And we are committed to the verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner. Now this convergence of views reflected, as you will see later today in statements by ASEAN, and as you saw just a few weeks ago with the G-8 statement and others, produced two important Security Council actions – a presidential statement and a unanimous binding resolution."  Full Text

Concerned About the Military Ties Between North Korea and Burma
Deputy Spokesman Wood (July 22): "The Secretary said that we and our other partners in the region are very concerned about military cooperation – the extent of military cooperation between Burma and North Korea. And what we want to see happen is that UN Security Council Resolution 1874 be fully implemented. We intend to do that and we encourage other countries to do that as well.  The Secretary made very clear about our concern, and other countries from the region have made their concern known at the ASEAN meetings." Full Text

U.S. Accedes to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia
On July 22, 2009, Secretary Clinton signed the U.S. Instrument of Accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia. At the same time, the ten ASEAN Foreign Ministers signed an Instrument of Extension of the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia, completing the United States’ accession to the Treaty.  Fact Sheet

U.S. Committed to a Stronger Relationship With Thailand
Date: 07/21/2009 Description: Secretary Clinton answers questions from the press following the bilateral meeting at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday, July 21, 2009. © State Dept ImageSecretary Clinton (July 21): "We are committed to a broader, stronger, and deeper relationship with Thailand. We are, as the minister said, historic treaty allies. We are fellow democracies, we are strategic partners, and above all, we are friends. Our friendship has stood the test of time – more than 175 years. And I’m confident that it will stand the tests of the 21st century." Full Text

New Era of Engagement
Secretary Clinton delivers a major foreign policy address at the Council on Foreign Relations. Video | Q&A

Travel to Thailand, July 21-23, 2009
While in Thailand, Secretary Clinton will meet with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Foreign Minsiter Kasit Piromyato to underscore the importance of our alliance and our bilateral relationship and to share perspectives on common interests in the region. She will visit Bangkok July 21-22 and Phuket July 22-23. The Secretary will travel to Phuket to lead the U.S. delegation to the ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conference and ASEAN Regional Forum. More on Travel